President Muhammadu Buhari during the inauguration of the National Economic Council in the year 2019/2023 at the presidential villa in Abuja said it had become an offence for any parents in Nigeria to hinder their children from basic education.
He strictly summoned the need to enforce contract availability on free and compulsory education.
“Section 18(3) of the 1999 Constitution as amended places on all of us here an obligation to eradicate illiteracy and provide free and compulsory education.
“Section 2 of the Compulsory Free Universal Basic Education Act provides that every government in Nigeria shall provide free, compulsory and universal basic education for every child of primary and junior secondary school age.
“It is indeed a crime for any parent to keep his child out of school for this period.
“In my view, when a government fails to provide the school teachers and teaching materials necessary for basic education, it is actually aiding and abetting that crime.
“This is, therefore, a call to action. I will like to see every governor rise from this meeting and encourage their local government chairmen towards ensuring that our schools offer the right opportunities and provide the needed materials and teachers for basic education, at the minimum.
“If we are able to do this, the benefits will surely manifest themselves,” he said.
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“Ensuring proper education during the first nine years of schooling means that our children start off their lives with some discipline and education.
“They will be safeguarded from roaming the streets and protected from all the evil influences that assail idle hands and idle minds,” he said.
He also urged the governors to hold their stand on ensuring that every child of school-age is present in school and not roaming about the street.
He said the government would continue the feeding projects in order to boost the children interest to go to school.